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17 things the world's healthiest people have in common

Happiness, gratitude. A nice walk. These things are easy enough – yet they can tack years onto your life. Learn the real secrets to healthy living.

They hang out with their friends
They hang out with their friends
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One of the best things you can do for your health is also one of the most fun: Having a close social group of family and friends was one of the top factors correlated with a longer and happier life, according to the doctors and authors of the notable longevity study – and popular book – The Okinawa Program. Loneliness isn’t just painful, it’s deadly, and having someone to hang out with and talk to was even more potent than giving up cigarettes, they found. If you don't have a strong social group, launching a book club could be the ideal way to spark some new friendships with like-minded people. Here's how to start your own book club



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